Arts and Culture




UTEP’s museums and galleries showcase some of the most acclaimed exhibits on the border and beyond.

The Centennial Museum and Chihuahuan Desert Gardens features permanent exhibits on the natural and cultural history of the Chihuahuan Desert region. The beautifully serene Chihuahuan Desert Gardens contain nearly 800 species of native plants. Hours: 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Closed on University holidays and home football game days. Information: 915-747-5565 or

The Glass Gallery hosts solo and group exhibitions of contemporary works by UTEP undergraduate and graduate art students. It is housed in the Fox Fine Arts Center. Hours: Vary. Information: 915-747-6151.

The Stanlee and Gerald Rubin Center for the Visual Arts houses three galleries that feature highly acclaimed national and international contemporary artists. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; until 7 p.m. Thursday; and weekends by appointment. Information: 915-747-6151 or

The UTEP Union Gallery opened in 1969 and focuses on presenting temporary exhibits that spread knowledge and appreciation of art from students and other artists that can inspire UTEP and the greater El Paso community. It is housed in Union Building East, second floor. Hours: 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Information: 915-747-5711.

The University Library features unique collections of literature, art and historic documents. Hours: 7 a.m. to 1 a.m. Monday through Thursday; 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday; and noon to 1 a.m. Sunday. (Library hours are subject to change to accommodate sporting events, holidays, intercessions and minimesters.) Information: 915-747-5672 or

Dance, Music and Theater

The energy and vibrancy of young UTEP actors, musicians, singers, dancers and artists is key to the El Paso cultural scene.

The UTEP Department of Music features the UTEP Symphony Orchestra, Marching Miners, Miner Basketball Pep Band, Symphonic Winds, Mariachi Los Mineros, Jazz Ensemble 1, Jazz 2, Commercial Music Ensemble, Early Music Ensemble, Pandemonium (steel drums), Chorale, Chamber Singers, University Chorus, Percussion Ensemble, Concert Band, Symphony Band, Opera UTEP, and Layali Al-Sham (world music ensemble). The department puts on concerts throughout the year. Information: 915-747-5606 or

The UTEP Department of Theatre and Dance brings a variety of classical and contemporary dramas, plays, musical comedies, original productions and dance performances to center stage. Information: 915-747-5146 or

The UTEP Dinner Theatre presents contemporary musicals, classic Broadway hits and stage adaptations of classic films. Information: 915-747-6060 or